Well well well! It’s November 1, so clearly time to start thinking about Christmas, am I right? If you’re not ready yet, I have plenty of fall activities to keep you and your kids busy, but we’ve started getting excited about Christmas getting closer for sure. Today, I played the first Christmas game of the season with four-year-old N: Santa Hat Color Matching Memory Game!
He’s an old pro at matching and memory games but there are many ways to make the game easier for less experienced kids. You’ll find a few ideas below but you can adjust your rules to account for whatever your kids have trouble with at any time.
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Materials for Santa Hat Color Matching Memory Game
- Printable file (download box below).
- Laminator, laminating pouches (optional).
- Paper cutter or scissors.
- Heavy paper. (You don’t want the images to show through on the back of the paper. Scrapbook paper works great, too.)
What’s in the printable PDF file?
There are two pages in the file: One page of Santa faces with hats in 10 different colors, each color with dots and without for a total of 20 different cards. The other page has images of Santa hats in the same ten colors, again each color comes with dots and in a blank version. If you use both pages, you get a total of 40 different images.
You can mix and match between the sets as much as you want. Simply make sure to always have an even number of possible matches.
You could choose to print two copies of the same cards and make it a rule to only match identical images. Or match hats with dots and hats without dots in the same colors. Match the hats on Santa’s head with hats in the same color, whether they’re also on Santa’s head or by themselves on a card.
Decide on the rules that sound best and change them up every so often if you’d like.
To prepare the game, print out the page(s) you want to use on heavy paper, laminate for better durability (optional), and cut the cards apart at the black lines.
How to Play the Santa Hat Color Matching Memory Game
Shuffle the cards and lay them out face down on the table. Some sort of a grid configuration (for example, 4 rows of 5 cards each) makes it easier to keep track of the cards while you play, but random configurations work well if you want the extra challenge.
Then take turns turning over cards two at a time to find matches according to the rules you’ve agreed to with your fellow players. Normal memory rules say to turn both cards back over if you didn’t find a match.
There are different ways of making the game easier: You can use fewer matches and work up to using all of the pairs over time. When N was younger, we used toddler rules and left cards face up even if we didn’t find a match. Or just turn one of the two cards back face down after each player’s turn.
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